Location of Kanak Vrindavan Valley, Jaipur
The Kanak Vrindavan Valley is located approximately 8 kilometres north of the city of Jaipur, on the way to Amer Fort (or Amber Fort) along the Amer Road. The lush and foliage-filled valley is nestled at the bottom of the Nahargarh Fort hill and is bounded by the Aravalli Range.
History of Kanak Vrindavan Valley, Jaipur
The Kanak Vrindavan Valley complex was built almost 280 years ago by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur, a Rajput king of the Kachchwaha clan. The valley seemed to the Maharaja like the mythological Vrindavan, Lord Krishna’s venerable sanctum where He enjoyed in performing the ‘Maharaas’ in the company of his Gopis. The valley was thus coined by him as ‘Kanak Vrindavan’, with the term Kanak after one of the queens of the Maharaja, Maharani Kanakde. The valley complex was established for amusement and recreation purpose for the imperial men and women folks. As stated by few people, the Maharaja intended for ‘Ashvamedha Yagna’ in the valley, for which arrangements were made to get the waters of several important holy rivers merge there. It is also believed that the Maharaja labelled the site as Kanak Vrindavan when Amber town in Rajasthan was his capital. The Maharaja also consecrated a temple devoted to Lord Krishna in the valley called the Shri Govind Deoji Parisar.
Attractions of Kanak Vrindavan Valley, Jaipur
The Kanak Vrindavan Valley is a resplendent valley, naturally lush and vibrant. Kanak Vrindavan garden is a picturesque landscape encompassing sprawling lawns, beautiful fountains and sparkling lakes, lush and vibrant flora. The garden thus makes itself the favourite green getaway for residents of the city and tourists. The replete and tranquil garden also houses a delicately and sophisticatedly engraved beige stone shrine, with marble columns and intricate latticework that are a delightful treat to the eyes. The garden in wholesome is a popular picnic destination and shooting location for movies. Its highlights and background were showcased in the 1991 Bollywood film ‘Lamhe’.
The massive expanse of the Kanak Vrindavan also offers the sight of the majestic trio of Nahargarh Fort, Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, the Dharbawati River and also a bird’s eye view of the nearby picturesque Jal Mahal. Pilgrims gather in the Kanak Vrindavan during Rajasthan's celebrated festivals of Teej and Gangaur. The stellar beauty of the garden is culturally enriched by the faint and enchanting resonance of hymns from the nearby shrines of Govind Deoji and Natawarji.
The Govind Deoji shrine is adorned with elaborate ‘chhatris’ and embellished exquisite mirror and ‘jali’ work on its walls, supported with a series of fountains. The 'Garba Griha' (seat of the Lord) is also placed inside the temple complex and is etched with delicate 'panni' work. The garden is apportioned in 8 sections and the central fountain, called ‘Parikrama’, is made up of a distinct marble chunk.
Kanak Vrindavan Valley, a former elephant path, offers a complete scenic ecstasy with the arresting waterfalls, the sylvan lakes dotted with pink lotus buds and the Dhok and Kadamba groves fringing it. The pristine beauty of the wilderness is an ornithologist's and a birdwatcher’s paradise with migratory birds such as the kingfisher, spotted dove and Neel Kanth that are spotted. It is administered by the Government of Rajasthan and a tour to the city of Jaipur remains incomplete for those looking to relish the tranquillity and divinity of nature, without the lush and pure Kanak Vrindavan. It is open on all days of the week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., the latest entry time being 6.30 p.m.